The Heisman Trophy or Atrophy

December 12, 2015

I have had mixed thoughts on the Heisman trophy award that is given to the best college football player every year. The reason I don’t really give a darn about this award because more often than not this award is given to an athlete that garnered enough popularity votes and statistical data to claim the prize. Smaller colleges than the typical Division I schools will not stand a chance to win and schools that give the ball to the same guy 30 times a game don’t stand a chance. This is why you see running backs or quarterbacks from big schools typically win.

Is it no wonder that a lot of the players that win the Heisman award do not go on to have the same success in the NFL? A lot of these players play behind highly recruited and nurtured offensive linemen and play against a lot of smaller and less talented players. In the NFL, the advantages of the size and strength of an offensive line is less. 

I think that the voting process has to look at each game the player played in and the affect they had in that game. When a player from a powerhouse school plays the well under-matched team on their schedule and racks up 200 yards running, then how is that weighed? All of this statistical data is up for grabs with the voters and how they are going to interpret it. If the voters were all educated on the nation’s players, then there shouldn’t be any problem finding which player had the most impact for his team to win every week. Then you look for consistency and lastly how his numbers compare with others. And why is it mostly running backs that win?  Sure, they get the ball more than everybody except the quarterback, but doesn’t this make it an award for best running back in the nation instead of best player.

Oh well, it is like most awards in public entertainment or sporting genre. Most times more than not the nominees get scrutinized and the favorites are chosen based on unknown reasons.  I don’t really give the Heisman much thought, but it raised my interest this year because, my local college has a player in the mix. I wanted to see how he would be perceived in the media’s eyes.  So far, it appears he has gotten a fair shake in his perception but now comes the tough part. The voters will cast their ballots based on some unknown formula and the hoopla and confetti will be cast on some good athlete. After that, they will speed the rest of their lives living up to the big trophy’s persona and its odd reputation